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WAFarmers calls for correct facts in GM debate

THE Western Australian Farmers Federation (Inc.) (WAFarmers) has called for all parties wishing to wade into the discussion on genetically modified (GM) versus organic farming methods, and the implication of each, should ensure that they are well informed and rational in their discussion.

The call follows a media release issued today from Shadow Agriculture Minister, Mick Murray, which has a number of errors in it including his understanding of who WAFarmers members are and who is eligible to apply to the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund.

WAFarmers President, Mike Norton, noted that GM is a topic that many people are passionate about on both sides of the debate, but this does not negate the need for true facts, reason, and a level-headed discussion.

“While there has been much publicity about the situation in Kojonup, there are many unknowns about the situation particularly to those who are not directly involved.

“WAFarmers, along with some other industry representatives, have been trying to establish the facts around the situation and will continue to do so.

“Obviously a number of parties have their own agenda to push in relation to this situation. This is their right, but let’s not lose sight of the facts, surrounding legislation and the individuals involved.

“Unlike Mr Murray, WAFarmers is well aware of who its members are and is engaging with them,” concluded Mr Norton.

WAFarmers will hold its annual review of its genetically modified organism policy in late February 2011.

All WAFarmers members have the opportunity to have their views heard at this review through their local Zone or Commodity Council.

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